The 10 nicest parks in Rotterdam
Rotterdam not only has ports and architecture, but is also the greenest city in the Netherlands! 20.47% of the entire city surface is green area. In almost all parks in the city you can go on a walk, cycle, exercise, play, relax or enjoy a barbecue or picnic. We have listed the 10 most beautiful parks.
1 Het Park
One of the loveliest places in Rotterdam is Het Park at the Euromast, which was designed in 1852 by architect Zocher and his son, inspired by the English landscape style. The park is perfect for walking, playing football and in the summer a nice picnic and dancing at several festivals. Don’t forget to visit the adjacent historic Schoonoord garden!
As the name already suggests, you will find several museums in this park, which is designed by Rem Koolhaas: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Natural History Museum, Chabot Museum and Het Nieuwe Instituut. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is temporarily closed due to large-scale renovation, but since November 2021 the new Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is open for public.
Rotterdam has the highest number of square meters per person of lawns in the world: 58.27 m² / person
In 2018, the Roof Park was included by Spotted by Locals in the list of 25 best parks in Europe, and with good reason, because this park, located at a height of 9 meters, has a spectacular view of the harbors and high-rise buildings all around. There is also enough space, because the former marshalling yard is 1200 meters long and 85 meters wide.
Het Park of Tomorrow
is a green strip in the IJsselmond district of Reyeroord. It is the first park in the world to be interactively illuminated with energy generated by plants. For a long walk you have to go to the nearby Park de Twee Hereken.
4 Eiland van Brienenoord
This island close to (Pathé) De Kuip is actually not a park, but a real nature reserve with woods, grass plains, open water and pools. The most beautiful part is right under the Brienenoord Bridge: the tidal channel where the water flows in and out through sandbanks at low tide and high tide. During a trip across the island you will encounter Scottish Highlanders. They are tame, you can just walk by, but don’t feed them.
5 Kralingen Forrest
The Kralingen Forrest is a beautiful green oasis on the outskirts of the city. Cycling and walking paths lead through exciting pieces of nature, there are playgrounds, a petting zoo, the De Lelie and De Ster windmills, restaurants and sunbathing areas, plus a lake that is frequently used by sailors, pedal boats and canoeists. There is fanatic skating, skating and jogging all around.
6 Luchtpark Hofbogen
Rotterdam has not one, but two parks at a great height. Luchtpark Hofbogen has been realised on the roof of the former Hofplein Station. You can have a good picnic and walk. For a drink or dinner (at a high level!) you should go to FG Restaurant, BIRD and coffee shop Man met Bril.
Having a BBQ at the park?
8 Stadspark Grotekerkplein
In one of the newest parks in Rotterdam you can chill in the grass with a view of the Laurenskerk, the statue and the birthplace of Erasmus. There are also regular activities on the Stadspodium.
This park is also located near Diergaarde Blijdorp. The stork that breeds in the zoo therefore comes here every morning for food. And not only this bird is fond of the Vroesenpark, because in 2019 Spotted by Locals included it in the list of 25 best local parks in Europe, partly due to the Vroesen Pavilion.
So big that you can no longer hear the city: the Zuiderpark in Rotterdam South is 430 football fields in size, next to Rotterdam Ahoy, making it the largest park in the Netherlands. With the adventure playground, the beach, swamp, forests and lots of water, it is a wonderful place to spend free time.